When you find something that delights you, you want more, right? If you believe more is always better, then double down with these add-on ideas. From your virtual Adventure Coast buffet, pick your favorites and then go back for seconds.
If you loved the authentic Florida roadside attraction feel of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, plan a visit to Boyett’s Citrus and Attraction. Go from the Weeki Wachee Springs vintage charm to another place reminiscent of old Florida.
Step back in time at Boyett’s Citrus and Attraction, where a statue of Elvis Presley greets you as you enter the gift shop filled with kitschy souvenirs, old-school sodas, candies and an ice cream parlor. Pick up some fresh Florida citrus from their grove while you’re there. Feed the animals in their wildlife park or play some mini-golf. Afterwards, grab some lunch at nearby Coney Island Drive-Inn, an eatery visited by Elvis himself in 1961, the same year he visited Weeki Wachee Springs.
After touring historic Chinsegut Hill Manor House Museum, add on a visit to downtown Brooksville for more historical perspective. Continue your immersion in the mid-1800’s at the May-Stringer House Museum. Brimming with historical artifacts, this distinctive Victorian mansion has many stories to tell. Consider booking a weekend ghost tour; the May-Stringer House is said to be one of the most haunted places in Florida.
While in Brooksville, drive over canopied, cobblestone streets to the 1885 Train Depot and adjacent Countryman One-Room Schoolhouse for more curated history. And, don't miss one of the Adventure Coast's newest places to enjoy living history: the Richloam General Store. True to its authentic 1920's roots, this site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Join the fun at an event to celebrate the official marker unveiling on Saturday June 23rd at 10:00am.
For high adrenaline adventurers that love the endless thrills of TreeUmph Adventure Course, plan an ATV outing at the Croom Motorcycle Area. Bring your own off-highway vehicle (OHV) or rent from Croom ATV Rental. With no minimum age limit, pick from dozens of clean, powerful machines to ride; Croom ATV Rentals makes it easy. Choose ATVs or dirt bikes and even arrange training and guided tours.
If you love Gulf of Mexico angling, add on scalloping. From July 1 through September 24, add scalloping to your summertime on-the-water adventure list. Hoist your diver down flag; don your mask and fins, then slip into the bathwater-warm water. Reach out and grab your catch with your hand. Similar to an underwater Easter egg hunt, scalloping is easy and fun. Catch them, shuck them, and bring them to a local coastal restaurant to get them cooked up for you. Didn’t bring your own boat? Book a scalloping adventure with a professional charter service.
Is paddling your passion? If so, you know that few things rival the joy of moving across calm water under your own power. Compare the experience of navigating our scenic coastal salt marsh with that of the popular Weeki Wachee River. Launch your kayak, canoe or paddleboard from either Bayport or Linda Pedersen Park for an unmatched add-on adventure. Both county parks offer plenty of parking, restrooms and other amenities. From your perch on the water of the coastal paddling trail, look around, listen and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings.
Did you enjoy your visit to the U-Pick farm? Check out our area Farmer’s Markets and the Little Rock Cannery for more fresh-from-the-fields goodness. Find the Hernando County Farmer’s Market open on Saturdays 10:00am to 3:00pm, the Brooksville Farmer’s Market open every Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and the Airport Farmer's & Flea Market open Saturdays and Sundays 8:00am to 3:00pm. Stock up on fresh, local produce while you browse unique crafts and other interesting merchandise.
Be sure to add on a visit to the Little Rock Cannery, the perfect place to maximize your personal harvest. Contact the Cannery for helpful information about how to preserve food at minimal cost and to pursue a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.
Whatever it is you love to do, do more of it. Try these fun ways to expand your experiences in Nature’s Place to Play.